from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A brooch such as is used in the costume of the Scottish Highlanders to secure the plaid on the shoulder.
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He had dressed for her with a jeweled shoulder-brooch and a splendid arm-ring clasped with gold gryphon heads.
Here I will cease my quick reminiscence of that pleasant northern travel, though I might recount many noticeable matters about Skye and its dolomite Cuchullins, Staffa, Iona, and Oban, where The MacDougal allowed us to see and handle (an unusual honour) the famous brooch of Lorne, the loss of which saved The Bruce's life, when he broke away from his captor, the then MacDougal; leaving tartan and shoulder-brooch in his grasp.
This seemed to give me still greater favour with him, for, familiarly putting his hand on my shoulder-brooch, he replied that _on that account alone_ his making my acquaintance gave him greater satisfaction.